Galveston on a Budget

Galveston, Texas has a number of exciting things to do. Even better, there are many things that are within reach for the budget-conscious traveler.

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Getting There

The commercial airports near Galveston are in Houston. The airlines fly in and out of William P Hobby Airport (HOU) and George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Take the Houston to Galveston shuttle bus to save money on rental cars, taxis, or ride-share services. Allow about an hour and a half to get from Houston to Galveston.

Staying There

Galveston is served by most of the major motel and hotel chains. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfast options in the area, which may be an economical option when you consider the opportunities to eat home-cooked meals where you’re staying. Look for options near the entertainment districts to save money on rides to and from these venues.

What to Do There

Galveston has a web site that gives you many of the options for dining, live music, dancing, night clubs, and other entertainment. There are a number of free or inexpensive parks, museums, and events. Galveston is known for its local artists, so make time to look at the various local galleries.

Bird-watching is a local speciality. The variety of trees, the warm climate, and the coastal location allow a wide variety of birds to call Galveston home. Fishing, dolphin watching, and other ocean activities are available for much of the year. You’ll need a Texas fishing license to fish, but you can easily obtain a one-day license as a non-resident for less than $20.

Galveston is a beautiful city and well worth the side-trip from Houston. It’s also a destination in its own right. Warm weather for most of the year make it a reliable vacation destination for the traveler on a budget.